MINUTES OF THE SELECTMEN'S MEETING
WITH BIT EXECUTIVE BOARD PARTICIPATION
TOWN OF FRYE ISLAND
The location of the meeting was he Kuiken Residence, Alfred, ME
The meeting was called to order at 9:02 AM by James Kuiken
SELECTMEN: James Kuiken, John Nun
BIT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Bruce Nisula, James O'Connor, Joe Potts,
Debbie Anthony, James Kuiken, John Nun
TOWN MANAGER: Wayne Fournier
PUBLIC HEARING - LIQUOR LICENSE FOR LEISURE LOUNGE
The Golf Course applied for the 2006 Liquor License for Leisure Lounge.
Steve Locke inquired about the Public Hearing process but had no opposition for issuing the Liquor License.
There were no further inquiries of opposition for issuing the Liquor License for Leisure Lounge.
MOTION to approve issuing a Liquor License for Leisure Lounge made by John Nun and seconded by James Kuiken - Unanimous
PETITIONS FROM THE PUBLIC
Tim Toomey asked that his appeal of the Board of Appeals decision not be discussed without his presence. Tim was told that the only discussion scheduled for today's meeting was that the Town's attorney has requested an extension for filing of briefs.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL
MOTION to accept the minutes of the December 10, 2005 Selectmen's Meeting as submitted made by James Kuiken and seconded by John Nun - Unanimous
Wayne went through year end figures line by line and explained why some pf the expenditures were over (Auditor fees, attorney fees-Toomey issue, etc.) Wayne stated that there would be a profit of about $100,000.00 after the audit. Wayne to get together with auditor and get figures on depreciation and money trail for fund balance.
Richard Main has given tax abatements on raw land stating that with the Town's Growth Ordinance the properties that do not have a growth permit are not really buildable and that the lots with growth permits should be prorated depending on the year of the growth permit. Richard stated that there are two ways to circumvent this issue, and that is by doing away with the Growth Ordinance altogether or having a lottery where everybody has the opportunity to receive a building permit.
Jimmy Kuiken will contact Marge Hommel, Chairperson of the Planning Board, and discuss this issue. Jimmy will report back to the BOS/BIT with input provided by Marge and the Planning Board.
Bruce Nisula reviewed the minutes of the Golf Committee's Meeting including unaudited year end financials, review of 2005, proposed 2006 fee schedule, and
recommended 2006 expenditures from Golf Reserves.
MOTION to expend the following from the Golf Reserve Account:
1. $5,470.00 for a 2006 tractor payment
2. $2,000.00 for improvements to kitchen in Clubhouse
3. $1,000.00 for purchase of pull-carts
4. $5,000.00 for purchase of two used golf carts
5. $1,000.00 for improvements to irrigation system6. $1,000.00 for ball & club
MOTION made by James Kuiken and seconded by John Nun - Unanimous
MOTION to approve the fees as recommended by the Golf Committee made by Bruce Nisula and seconded by James Kuiken - Unanimous
MOTION to keep the following Marina fee schedule:
1. $200.00 for Quail Circle
2. $900.00 for Marina Rentals
3. $225.00 for Marina Equity slip holders
Motion made by James O'Connor and seconded by Bruce Nisula - Unanimous
Clark Insurance, Town's Agent, has stated that ISR Insurance stated that by increasing the protection & indemnity coverage on the ferries from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 would increase the cost of the policy by $2,786 annually. Wayne to contact Clark Insurance to see if the extra coverage is needed.
The Town's Insurance Co. has hired a company from Portland to do a survey on the ferries, as of now the report has not been received.
CELL PHONE TOWER
The topic of installation of a cell phone tower has again came up. Joe Potts stated that there are companies that install these towers by finding a site, get permits, and construct them. These companies then get there return by finding wireless companies that want to use these towers (there are more than one wireless carrier using a tower).
Joe also stated that these towers are extremely tall, not very esthetically pleasing, and need power year round (which we cannot guarantee).
At the present time the BOS does not feel this a project that they want to proceed with.
SAD 6 is going to file a motion to intervene on their behalf - when the Town receives this motion to intervene, Len Langor will oppose the motion on the Town's behalf.
Wayne will keep the BOS/BIT posted as to when this action takes place.
BANK OF AMERICA VS MERRILL LYNCH
The Town's checking account is a Government Preferred Checking Account which is an interest bearing checking account based on excess balance after bank charges. In 2005 the interest rate ranged from 2.3% to 3.696%. Money Market interest in Bank of America is 2.28% on a balance of 0 to 10,000 and 3.25% on a balance 0f 10,001 to 250,000.
Merrill Lynch will invest our money in CDs that pay 4.2% interest. Wayne to check with auditor to find out exactly how much money is in Fund Balance at end of year so that we know how much money is available to invest long term.
It was discussed that local some local banks offer interest rates that are higher than the 4.2% offered by Merrill Lynch
Wayne presented a ferry schedule for 2006 that coincides with expected income. The primary ferry will run the same number of hours as in 2005 but the hours of the second boat will be cut.
MOTION to approve the 2006 Ferry Schedule as presented along with the amendment to run the second boat from 7:00 to 9:00 AM Mon thru Fri and 3:00 to 5:00 PM Mon thru Thurs using Kevin LaMarre as captain made by James Kuiken and seconded by John Nun - Unanimous
MOTION to go to Executive Session according to MRSA 1 Paragraph 405 (6) (A) to discuss personnel issues.
Returned from Executive Session – discussed personnel issues as authorized under MRSA 1 Paragraph 405 (6) (A)
MOTION to adjourn made by James Kuiken and seconded by John Nun – Unanimous
James L. Kuiken